Slave to the Needle's Aaron Bell

Tattoo // Monday, July 30, 2012
Tattoo artist Aaron Bell is the highly talented and well-respected owner of Seattle's Slave to the Needle, established in 1995. Bell started tattooing in the early 80's, struggling to gain a foothold in the industry until he got his break in 1994 when he received an apprenticeship. As of Fall 2007, Bell has received over 100 awards and continues to strive to further his education in all aspects of tattooing.

Jon Larson of Depot Town Tattoo

Tattoo // Monday, July 30, 2012
Jon Larson is a tattoo artist who works out of Depot Town Tattoo in Ypsilanti, Michigan, alongside tattooists Frank William and Bill Falsetta. His work is full of whip and lots of blood drips, and shows his inspiration from the likes of Dan Higgs, although Larson has developed a decidedly unique style that is all his own.

Park City Tattoo Convention

Tattoo // Monday, July 30, 2012
The first annual Park City Tattoo Convention will be taking place August 3-5th at the Yarrow Resort and Event Center in Park City, Utah. The show is hosted by Park City's Lucky Bamboo Tattoo Shop, and will feature premiere tattoo artists from across the country in a series of seminars, courses, contests, live art demonstrations, and more.

Kobay Kronik

Tattoo // Monday, July 30, 2012
Born in Nicosia/Cyprus, Greece, in 1987, tattoo artist Kobay Kronik began his career after graduating from high school and serving in the Turkish Military. He opened his first studio in Nicosia and in 2009 began attracting attention by winning awards at national and international conventions. Kronik later moved to Istanbul where he continues to work in his second studio as a custom tattoo designer.

Joshua Carlton at Work

Tattoo // Sunday, July 29, 2012
Here is a sweet video of Joshua Carlton doing what he does best. He is using vibrant Alla Prima Pigments and says of the ink, "One of my favorite things about using alla prima is that it translates well into a more natural looking tattoo. I love how I have the choice of high or low chroma to get the exact effect I am after." Joshua creates some super realistic and beautiful portraits on skin and you should definitely check out more of his work.

Tattooed Portraits by Kris Lewis

Tattoo // Saturday, July 28, 2012
It's no secret we're fans of Los Angeles-based painter Kris Lewis. Lewis' oil paintings are remarkable for a number of reasons but we're especially enthusiastic about his tattooed cast of characters. 'Kris Lewis takes much of his inspiration from his mother who taught him the importance of hard work, dedication and a love of tradition. As an immigrant who had to flee from communist forces in her home country of Latvia, she instilled in her son a love of his heritage...'

Valentina by Damien Elroy Vignaux

Tattoo // Saturday, July 28, 2012
  Damien Elroy Vignaux is a French photographer and art director currently based in Berlin, Germany. Here's his series of a lovely tatted up lady named Valentina.

Illustration by Mark Fredrickson

Tattoo // Friday, July 27, 2012
Groucho Marx comes face to face with a heavily tattooed dame in this illustration by Mark Fredrickson. 'Fredrickson lives in Tucson, Arizona. He attended Tennessee Temple College in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he studied drawing and photography...'

Tattoos by Ben Tupper

Tattoo // Friday, July 27, 2012
  Ben Tupper is a tattoo artist specializing in traditional pieces who likes 'simple, tried and tested designs you know.' He works at One Shot Charlie's tattoo in Birmingham, UK.

Tattooing Hands by Liza Xyxpa

Tattoo // Friday, July 27, 2012
Liza Xyxpa is an illustrator based in Moscow, Russia. We're catching some major MC Escher vibes in this tattoo-themed illustration.